Posts Tagged ‘Tokyo’

Fin

Fin

The last of the black and whites. From Zats Burger Cafe, Tokyo. I had avocado on my burger. We had beers. This was such a lovely day.


Tucked Away in Corners

Tucked Away in Corners

For me, one of the most intoxicating and mysterious parts of Japan is the way that everything is not out on display, overt and declarative, but is instead hidden behind curtains and rice-papered windows, discovered through half-open doorways and narrow passageways. To a hungry person or a nosy curious person, this is at times frustrating, […]


Chuo

Chuo

Along the Chuo line Tokyo :: Japan


Tokyo Subway

Tokyo Subway

On a Tuesday during the late September public holidays, I met some fellow film photographers for a meandering walk through the neighborhoods along the Chuo railway line in Tokyo. This outing gave me the opportunity to finally break out the Polaroid, and also to break in a brand new pair of Vans. One of these […]


In between

In between

The contract on my short-term apartment ended yesterday, and it’s my second night in a lovely hotel overlooking the Imperial Palace moat. I’m trying to find loopholes in the moat’s infrastructure so I can storm the palace gates before I leave, but I’ve got a lot of other stuff to do in a short amount […]


Shimokitazawa By Day

Shimokitazawa By Day

Shimokitazawa :: Tokyo And by night.


Evening Falls on Shimokitazawa

Evening Falls on Shimokitazawa

Staycation

Staycation

Maybe it was the weather. The threat of a typhoon that, until late Friday afternoon, was threatening to ruin any chance at a successful beach holiday; the clouds that have persisted since. Perhaps it was the crowds. The masses of people, all using the 5-day holiday weekend to fill every train, plane, bus, hostel, pension, […]


Shibuya

Shibuya

The famous, crazy street crossing at Hachiko Plaza in Shibuya, through the JR Station window. Agfa Vista 400


Jolly

Jolly

On Sunday, I had the pleasure of meeting the wonderful Hiki for an afternoon of wandering and eating and snapping cameras. Not only is her Australian accent adorable, but she knows all the best secret hiding places to take a new Tokyo resident. We wandered from one of my favorite neighborhoods, Daikanyama, to another favorite […]


Weekend

Weekend

It’s the weekend! Omote-sando :: on Film


Izakaya

Izakaya

Izakaya are traditional Japanese pubs, often small and intimate, cozy and comfortable. Drinks are served with small dishes that are shared with your table. My first authentic izakaya experience in Tokyo was with two Frenchmen at a spectacular and sophisticated hole in the wall in Ebisu. Literally. We walked up to a wall, they pushed […]


Bestill my heart

Bestill my heart

Tokyo, you are pretty dreamy. I love you any time of day, but you are especially magical at night. Omote-sando on Film


Nakameguro

Nakameguro

Last weekend I discovered a little slice of heaven in Tokyo: Nakameguro. A quiet, treelined canal dotted with shops and boutiques, cafés and bistros. We found a cafe along the canal, where we dined on potato wedges and cold beers as the sun dipped behind the rooftops and the crickets begged the evening on. Not […]


Omamori

Omamori

Omamori Cafe :: Harajuku, Jingumae, Tokyo


Filums, je pense que oui

Filums, je pense que oui

Two Saturdays ago, I spent a perfectly wonderful day with my friend Philippe, a Parisian I met during my first year in Seoul who has been living in Tokyo for the last two years. It was, sadly, his last day in Tokyo, as news of my arrival prompted him to move to Shanghai. Not really. […]


Long Distance

Long Distance

This is my 100th post.


Saturday night sparks

Saturday night sparks

Saturday night, after some very restful rest of burrowing my nose in a book all day, I ventured out into the neighborhood foraging for food. Living in Tokyo is bringing back the exhausting daily work of “I don’t know what that says,” a challenging aspect of living in a country where the alphabet is very […]


Octopus Hot Dogs and So On

Octopus Hot Dogs and So On

Wednesday evening, my friends Meera and Ross rescued me from what otherwise would have been another steamy night with a series of graphs, flowcharts and charts explaining How the Internet Works. Thank you, Meera and Ross. Thank you from the depths of my soul. As part of her yearly quest home to Singapore, Meera was […]


Please do it later.

Please do it later.

Yes. Please do. I’ve yet to see this happen on a subway. Apparently the Japanese are an extremely obedient people. And polite. There are also signs for polite cell phone use, elevator etiquette and noise pollution. I know a couple places that could use a whole shipment of these signs. I’m not naming names. I’m […]


Bicyclettes

Bicyclettes

So, to the wind

So, to the wind

The more places I go, the more I am struck by sense memory. The way pieces and angles and scents carve themselves into corners of the mind and wait patiently to come out from their hiding places at future unsuspecting moments. The curve of a road, the light in a tree and you are transported […]


Just like that

Just like that

This past weekend was of the glorious, magical sort. The kind in which everything sparkles and everything glows, and it wasn’t because I am smitten. I walked half of Tokyo and then some, fueled by not much more than mochi and Pocari Sweat and the promise of organic yogurt. The sun was brilliant, the sky […]


Happy

Happy

All weekend I would catch the word “Tokyo” on storefronts and signs. I must admit I did several double takes. Hope your weekend is/was as gloriously happy as this one was.